Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The green pail-sold

Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 8"
The theme for the week- moms and kids at the beach.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Hanging out-sold

Oil on linen, 6" x 6"
I love painting beach scenes because of the bright colors and strong light.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Friday, April 16, 2010

Three tulips

Oil on canvas, 8" x 10"
I did a demo for my painting class with a couple of tulips, but when I got home I wiped a lot of it off and completely re-did it. Added a third tulip, changed to horizontal, took out the shell, added an apple, teacup,  casserole dish, and the fabric on the table. Otherwise it's exactly the same ( :
I'll be on vacation as of tomorrow morning, away from a computer, so I won't be posting again until after April 24th.

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Spring on Williams St.- sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
We went to the east side of Providence to paint, if possible, some trees in bloom, (the east side has never looked lovelier than it does right now) and picked this corner, looking up Williams St. Didn't realize we were across the street from a parking garage that had a lot of early morning commuters lined up to get in, and we were also in front of a fire station and got our ears blasted when the fire trucks got an alarm. We saw several people that we knew and got invited in for coffee afterwards. All in all, a good morning.

Monday, April 12, 2010


Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
I really like painting reflections on this mixing bowl!

My Still Life painting workshop on Friday at the Portsmouth Arts Guild went well, although it was a small group. Here I am (right) painting a demo. I'll be scheduling another one in the fall.Yesterday, there was an artists' talk at the Bristol Art Museum show- people actually came! it was such a beautiful day it was hard to be inside. The woman to my right (below) is museum director Paulette Carr. (Yes, that's a red dot on the painting behind me.Unfortunately it's the only one...) Three of the five artists came and discussed their work.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Painting on the east side-sold

Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
The east side of Providence is known for its lovely homes, so my friend Ann and I went there yesterday to paint. She decided pretty quickly what she wanted to do, while I looked around. I didn't want to do a "house portrait", and I kept looking at her standing in front of this big old Victorian and finally decided that was it. I had to finish it from a photo when I got home, but most of it was done on the spot.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010


Oil on canvas, 6" x 6"
I love the knockout yellow of forsythia bushes this time of year.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


Oil on panel, 8" x 10"
A quick sketch of a little seafood place in Bristol, RI. While I was painting it a couple walked right past me and sat down on the bench in front. After a while, I decided I might as well include them in the scene.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Twilight in Newport

Oil on canvas panel, 6" x 8"
A sketch for a larger painting.
"Four Painters and a Sculptor" opened Friday night with a very good turnout and a few sales. It was a great time; unfortunately I didn't remember to take any pictures! Must try harder next time. The show will be up until Sunday, April 18.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The land of the flood

This has been a different kind of week. I usually teach all day Tuesday in Providence, but the afternoon class was cancelled when the governor declared a rain emergency. I went home to find water seeping in to our basement. We live on top of a hill, and it takes a lot of rain (say, 6 inches in 24 hours) to make this happen. So, I spent the rest of the day with a mop and a bucket, keeping the water confined to the 2 corners where it was coming in. For a while it seemed like I couldn't keep up, but fortunately the rain tapered off by mid afternoon and by 8PM the seepage had stopped. I'm not complaining- many people had much bigger problems with water coming in.

Yesterday I loaded a bunch of paintings in the car and headed to the Bristol Art Museum for the show that's opening tomorrow night. If you're in the area, come by.

Also, there's still room in  my "Painting a small still life" workshop next Friday, April 9.